Saudi Arabian Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah airline”s main operational base is at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport. Other major hubs are Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport and Dammam-King Fahd International Airport. Saudi Arabian Airlines is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
The airline was founded in September 1946 as a fully owned government agency under the control of the Ministry of Defense, with TWA running the airline under a management contract. From the beginning, Jeddah-Kandara airport very near the town centre served as the flag carrier’s main base. Among the airline’s early operations was a special flight from Lydda in Palestine, a British Mandate at that time, to carry Hajj pilgrims to Jeddah.
It operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 90 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Domestic and international charter flights are operated, mostly during Ramadan and the Hajj season.
Saudi Arabian Airlines operates the following aircraft: 6 Airbus A300-600R, 35 Airbus A320-200, 11 Airbus A321-200, 12 Airbus A330-300, 7 Boeing 747-300, 10 Boeing 747-400, 23 Boeing 777-200ER, 4 Boeing 777-300ER and 15 Embraer E-170.